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Welcome to our November 2015 newsletter.

In this edition we step outside our regular format by featuring some of the great work happening in short films in the sector. 

Accessible Arts is pleased to release its latest short film showcasing The Catalyst Dance Residency held at Carriageworks in October. Sydney based filmmaker Hugh Clark has captured the fourteen Catalyst dance residents working alongside key industry dance professionals. Please watch and share across your social media networks. [Scroll down for film]

Congratulations to Carriageworks for announcing its 2016 program. We are excited to see, as a result of new partnerships in the arts + disability sector, the premiere of Off The Record; a Carriageworks commissioned new work involving artists with disability in partnership with Force Majeure and Dance Integrated Australia.

Looking for something to do Saturday November 28? Join Leichhardt Council as it celebrates 10 years of Blooming Arts. A program exhibiting a diverse range of fine art practice by Sydney based artists with disability, as well as music and a show reel of short films made for and/ or by people with disability, will be on display.  Visit the website for more information.

The NSW Minister for Health has established a Taskforce on Health and the Arts to guide the development of a framework aimed at integrating the arts across the whole of the NSW public health system. The Taskforce will run a series of consultation workshops to encourage dialogue, participation and seek views on the integration of health and the Arts. Please visit the website for dates and venue information.

[Banner Image: Catalyst Dance Residency. Photography by Gisella Vollmer]

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Catalyst Dance Residency Film Released - Watch and Share!

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Don't DIS my Ability 2015 - Inclusion is about U and I

Don't DIS my ABILITY celebrates the diversity and ability of people with disability. The campaign begins on Monday 30 November and will run until Sunday 13 December in 2015.

Watch and share the 'Day In The Life Of' video with ambassador Graeme Innes. 

NO OFFENCE, BUT! Comedy Cabaret is back for 2015 with a kids matinee and 18 + events on 30 November 2015. 

Disability is no laughing matter, but our etiquette fails are!

Screenshot of Graeme Innes video for Dont dis my ability 2015

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Delineate Grants Closing

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The Delineate 2016 - 2017 funding program closes 16 December 5pm and can be submitted on line via Smartygrants. 

Accessible Arts is delighted to announce recipients will now receive $8000 [$4000 per year over a two year period]. 

Delineate aims to support disability-led projects that build capacity, leadership skills, and artistic networks for artists with disability as well as create cultural change. Delineate applicants can apply from anywhere in NSW, a total of six grants will be offered.

The funding is towards an arts project, and/or program to be developed throughout the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign, run by Family and Community Services (FACS) during 2016 and 2017.

Full information available at the Accessible Arts website

SCIA Expo 2016

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Along with showcasing products, technology and services that enhance independence, the SCIA Expo will host an arts exhibition showcasing work by people with spinal cord injury at the expo.

The expo will be held on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 April 2016 at Australian Technology Park.

The exhibition will feature talented artists, Daniel Savage, Sue Murray and Susan Wood. Daniel Savage is an artist with spinal cord injury who challenges societal attitudes toward people with disability through his work. 

Daniel graduated from the ANU School of Art with first class honours, and has exhibited in Australian and internationally. Daniel’s artistic skillset includes, photography, video and performance.  

Register for the expo online at the SCIA website.

Featured Artist

artist claire cunningham

Marking the beginning of a four year partnership with DADAA, PIAF is thrilled to announce an exciting new professional development opportunity to the dance and disability sector available in 2016.

For the 2016 Festival, PIAF has invited Scottish multi-disciplinary performer and choreographer Claire Cunningham, to be artist–in–residence. Claire will present two performance works and lead a week of artist workshops in Fremantle, WA in an intensive exploration of her creative process.

Australian artists who self-identify as having a disability, as well as those without a disability, who have movement experience are invited to apply for the workshop opportunity. EOIs close 4 December 2015.

National and Regional scholarships are also available. Visit the PIAF website for full details.

Image of Caroline Bowditch eating a piece of watermelon

Falling in Love with Frida tours to Australia 2016

Caroline Bowditch with Outlandish Arts, presents her intimate and enticing show exploring the life, loves and legacy of painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), exposing little-known facts about the infamous woman, remembered for her art.

Falling in love with Frida is the reclaiming of a disabled artist, a love like obsession, an enquiry into how we shape what we are remembered for. Affinities and parallels are drawn and the tale of 'the great concealer' is skillfully revealed through powerful yet fragile bodies.

Performance at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta:

  • Friday 4 March 2016 - 7.30pm
  • Saturday 5 March 2016 - 2pm matinee
  • Saturday 5 March 2016 - 7.30pm

Save the Date !

Accessible Arts will be hosting Caroline Bowditch as guest presenter and facilitator of a Creative Causeway gathering at Critical Path.

When: 9 March 2016 from 10am to 12:30pm

This is a free event to register your interest in attending email ktito@aarts.net.au

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Experience a world first, as Handel's Messiah is performed in Auslan at the Sydney Opera House. In this concert series, the Sydney Philharmonia Choir is joined by a Deaf and hard of hearing signing choir to translate Jennen's biblical text using sign language.

Tickets: $50 - $100 plus applicable fees with booking online at the Sydney Philharmonia website

All performances are conducted by Brett Weymark and will be signed by co-director Alex Jones in partnership Accessible Arts.

  • Thursday 3rd December, 8pm
  • Saturday 5th December, 8pm
  • Sunday 6th December, 1pm
Screenshot of Claire Cunningham's dance piece Give me a Reason

Give Me A Reason to Live recorded at Festival Cement, Den Bosch, Holland, March 2014. Inspired by the work of medieval Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, particularly the role of beggars/cripples as possible symbols of sin. 

Give Me A Reason to live is a study in the notion and provocation of empathy. A live memorial to the disabled victims of the Nazi Aktion T4 euthanasia program of the mid 20th Century, and disabled victims of the current UK government’s so-called ‘welfare reform’. Give me a reason to live is a test of body, and of faith.

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